Review: Home #5 (With Spoilers)

Well… this is by far the strangest and most confusing book in Double Take’s universe as of this issue. Confusing in a good way, more of a I’m confused at the moment, but please go on. I might spoil something about this issue so consider this your warning because there won’t be another. I debated about it before I started writing, but I really just need to say it out loud… on the internet. This was also the issue that it dawned on me that these fifth issues were in fact jumping on points for each series. I don’t mean this in a weird way, hell, maybe this is even a compliment, but reading this issue felt a lot like reading the first issue of Home. And it’s weird because there’s even some of the same problems, same strengths, it’s really the closest non-first issue, first issue I’ve ever read.

After having our foul-mouthed daughter toned down and withdrawn from the story for three issues, she’s back in full force. Just like in the first issue, it’s a little strong, but I kind of loved it. Especially the last page… that last page is so good and has nothing to do with the spoiler.

Home #5Here’s the gist of the issue and the spoiler is coming up so ha, second warning after all. The kids save their family because there wouldn’t be a book without them. And then they run from the army, the cops, the doctors, everyone. They get away and go on board their space ship and shoot off into space.

Wait what?

Yes, you read that correctly. There’s not just one alien species in this universe apparently and that’s pretty fucking cool even if it completely blindsided me. Why? Because there’s something honest about the storytelling. It really seems like things completely change from one issue to the next and I’m okay with that. It’s like Twin Peaks before Lynch ran out of steam. No, I’m not saying that Home is anything like Twin Peaks, just that it’s pulling from the same creative cloud of thought. I know some of you Lynch fans are just screaming at your monitor right now, but hopefully the point I’m trying to make is getting across to you. There’s an outline, there’s plot points they’re reaching, but things are fluid and changing, creating something that’s honestly exciting to read each issue.

The artwork is probably the best of all the issues this month. Something about it was just really clean, dynamic, but kept a great pace. My eyes were able to easily dart across and down the page stopping only for jokes. It also really maintains the look and aesthetic of the era which it’s an intricate part of the story and world.

I have enjoyed Home since the first issue. It’s been a favorite even with it being different from the other titles. It’s a strange little story, but I dig it. I like that it exists and now more than ever, I’m looking forward to reading more.

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Home #5 Story/Script: Michael Coast Layouts: Benjamin Silberstein Pencils: Francis Nuguit, Vincenzo Riccardi Publisher: Double Take Comics Price: $2.50 Format: Ongoing; Print/Digtal